Intercultural and cross-cultural mediation in the Western world has emerged as an object of research that has attracted a growing attention over the past thirty years. Meanwhile, static and essentialist notions of culture in communication have been challenged by dynamic and constructivist approaches taking culture as a flux that is changing permanently. The contributions in this book adopt these tendencies to cross-cultural mediation research: They center around the question if and in what ways people from different cultural groups have constructed their own notions of how conflict mediation in cross-cultural settings should be dealt with in particular. In other words: Are there different ways of handling cross-cultural conflict that may be termed as culture-specific? The contributions in this volume reveal some insights to the high complexity of this question.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 229 pp.
Contents: Dominic Busch: Preface – Dominic Busch/Claude-Hélène Mayer/Christian Martin Boness: Introduction: International
and Regional Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Mediation – Dominic Busch: How Does Culture Affect Conflict Mediation? Disentangling
Concepts from Theory and Practice – Claude-Hélène Mayer/Christian Martin Boness/Samuel Togolai Kussaga: Usuluhishi. Terms
and Concepts of Intercultural Mediation and Conflict Management from Tanzanian Perspectives – Stella Ting-Toomey: Intercultural
Mediation: Asian and Western Conflict Lens – Claudio Baraldi: Is Cross-Cultural Mediation a Technique? Theoretical/Methodological
Frameworks and Empirical Evidence from Interaction – Mark Davidheiser: Human Social Behavior, Cultural Perspectives, and Conflict
Mediation: A Multi-Variate Analysis of Gambian Dispute Processing – Michelle LeBaron/Nadja Alexander: Exporting Mediation
Through Role Plays: Intercultural Considerations in Knowledge Transfer – Claude-Hélène Mayer: Cross-Cultural Business Mediation.
The Model of Identity-based Managerial Mediation in International Management –Federico Farini/Viola Barbieri: Mediated
Doctor-Patient Interaction. An Italian Case Study – Angela Mickley: National Unity and Cultural Diversity in Conflict Resolution:
Capacity Building for Sustainable Peace and Reconciliation in Namibia.